Project Title: City of Marathon Education Outreach Project
Project Manager: Debra London
Organization: City of Marathon (Florida Government)
Grant Amount: $10,000.00
Summary: In 2012, the City of Marathon revised its Sea Turtle Lighting Ordinance to match the latest requirements of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). As a result, lighting requirements on beachfront property have changed. To make the general public aware of the new requirements, the City will produce and distribute brochures that highlight the changes, provide tips for reducing lighting on beaches and include information about where to purchase the compliant light fixtures and bulbs. Brochures will be available at City Hall, the Monroe County Public Library, the Visitor Information Center, hotels, resorts and restaurants. During turtle nesting season, a post card mail campaign will target beachfront properties and regular public service radio announcements will be made to reach the ears of residents and visitors. The City’s website will also be updated to reflect the current code specifications. Finally, six faded, nearly illegible turtle species identification and habitat signs at Coco Plum Beach will be replaced to heighten awareness of the nesting population that may be encountered.